Obama's Purchase at Tiffanys With Campaign Money

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 03/28/2008 - 11:30am.

Barack Obama's campaign tossed around nearly $600 at Tiffany's last month - for a trinket that remains a secret.

Obama's team tapped his flush campaign bank account to pay the $572.25 tab at the famed jeweler last month, recently released federal fund-raising records show.

When asked about the curious expenditure, campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, "That was mistakenly charged to a campaign credit card and the money has been refunded to the campaign."

Psaki insisted that the senator did not make the purchase himself but she refused to say whether the gift was in any way connected to him or his family.

Psaki declined to release any details about what precisely was purchased from the store, who received the purchase, or how the charging error occurred.

"That's all we're going with this," Psaki insisted, shutting down questions from the Daily News. "We're done talking about it."

Meanwhile, last week's campaign finance filings revealed Obama is far outpacing rival Hillary Clinton in the online ad wars.

In February alone, the Obama campaign spent $2.5 million on online advertising, with ads popping up on a variety of sites, including Google, Yahoo! and Facebook.

Hillary Clinton's aides acknowledged that the former First Lady's presidential campaign has spent considerably less on online advertising, but added "hundreds of thousands" of dollars were spent on online ads this quarter.


Michael Saul - March 27, 2008 - posted at www.nydailynews.com

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 03/28/2008 - 11:30am.